This big house was built in 1973 by a rich family who lived in Sitges and for many years was the most important house there. In 1935 it was given to be used as a museum.
There are guided visits every hour o’clock. It’s about 45 minutes. Take a trip in the XIXth century and learn what was life like at that time. Visit it cause there are a lot of interesting things to be seen like the important colletion of china dolls (XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries) There are over 400. They were given by the artits and writer Lola Anglada. Don´t miss the carriage in the entrance wich was used to make trips to Barcelona. It took about 7 hours. Fortunately times has changed and we can make the trip in just 30 minutes : )
Usual Timetable: tuesday to friday: 10-13.30/15-18.30 (last visits 12 (morning) and 15 (afteroon)); saturday 10-19 (non stop); sundays (10-15)
Summer: tuesday to sunday :10-14/17-21 (last visits 13 (morning) and 20 (afteroon))
At the end of XVIII century people from Sitges crossed the Atlantic to go to Cuba to look for fortune. When coming back to Sitges they invested part of their savings on building mansions.
Take in the tourist office a brochure with the itineray. You’ll discover very varied and intersting architecture in Sitges (Neo-classicisme romantique, Eclectisme, Art Nouveu and Noucentisme).
Sitges is very close to many different places, but if you have time (and car) go to visit some of the wine-production factories: Freixenet, Codorniu and many others. It's very interesting and they are really beautiful.
The "maricel" is not a single building but a group of buildings behind the old church (esglesia de sant bartolomeu i santa tecla). originally it was a hospital, now they have been turned into an art museum.
What I liked about this palace was not the museum itself, but the architecture: it's just anothe example of wonderful Catalan architecture of the turn of the century. The palace may look old but it is not, unless you can call 1910 old.
The architect of this little jewel is Miquel Utrillo.
El Cau Ferrat.
Sitges is also know as the place where gay people meat each other and spend their holidays .... we did not know that when we visited the place, but we saw .... and heard it after our trip to Sitges.
This place was the meeting point of some Catalan Intellectuals at the beginning of the 20th century.
dominating the beach front is the 17th century church of sant bartomeu i santa tecla. the downtown area and most of the popular bars and restaurants are within a short walk of this landmark. located next to the church is the museu cau ferrat. this museum showcases the collection of modernista artist santuago rusinol. it is an unusual collection of ceramics, sculptures, paintings and ornate iron work.
This is no only a "patio", it's the last typical “patio” of Sitges. Besides, this place inspired the painting with the same name by the famous Catalonian artist Santiago Russinyol and gave place to a theatre play as well.
This is one of the places attended by people with a good economic position, but it's also a quiet place where you can have a nice walk, see some beautiful boats, have lunch/dinner in some of their restaurants or a drink in one of their pubs by night.
Walking from the town centre you'll spend about 15-20 min. to arrive. Once there, you'll see that it's a little bit labyrinthian, but this is part of its charm. You can also go by car, but you'll have to pay for the parkplace.
Everybody knows the church of Sant Bartomeu in Sitges, but who knows the Sanctuary of Mare de Déu del Vinyet? No one, excepting the people from the town, in fact it's so popular for them that many parents give their daughters the name of Vinyet.
The festivity of the Mare de Déu del Vinyet is the 5th of August and they do several celebrations that day.
The first documents about this church are from the XIIIth century, though the older part that you can see today is from the XVIth century: if you look at the side door you'll see engraved in a stone the year 1552. The current building is from the XVIIIth Century, when big changes were done for having a more spacious church.
You can arrive there taking a beautiful walk (about 20-25 min. from the town centre) along the Passeig Marítim. When you arrive to the monument dedicated to the Doctor Benapres turn right, and follow the street Doctor Benapres until the end, you will get there directly. When going back from there to the town centre, you can walk trough the Vinyet neighbourhood, which has a lot of beautiful houses.
If you want to go by car, you have to take the road C-31 from Sitges towards Vilanova i la Geltrú, and before the end of Sitges the church will appear on your left.
There is not a whole lot to see in Sitges if you're coming to the town for art or siteseeing, but one of the greatest pleasures is simply wandering about and admiring the charming houses. The whitewashed walls and iron work on the windows and balconies are prettiest if you head to the old part of town, near the church and up to Plaça Cap de la Vila
The Romantic Museum, here's one museum that did not move me. The official name is "Can Llopis" and it's an 18th century that has been very well preserved , depicting the way of life of The Romantic Museum "Can Llopis" is a house built at the end of the 18th century catalan bourgeoisie house. What you can see inside is a typical neoclassical house and furniture.
To make it worse there's a doll collection of 400 pieces! It drove me nuts!
it's still a good place to visit for lovers of this kind of architecture
Well needless to say its because of the long stretch of beach and the liberal environment ...well ...during summer its quite packed ...and so full of tourist ....take your sun tan lotion before you go for a stroll ....
look out for some nice scenery for taking pics.... Btw going to the beach is easy, you take any road and it will definitely take you there but obviously its good to follow where the crowd goes. A good breakaway from Barcelona. Train from Barcelona takes about 40 mins. And it cost about Euro 10 for two and fro.
Also known as Casa del Rellotge (Clock) because of the clock on its tower, the Casa Bartomeu Carbonell is a landmark building in the commercial heart of Sitges. The residential edifice was completed in 1915 when Sitges was acquiring numerous modernista buildings. Its most recognisable feature is the pencil-like tower covered in blue and white tiles.
Built as a residential palace in 1911, the Maricel de Terra is one of Sitges most identifiable architectural building, along with the neighbouring Maricel de Mar. It was designed by the architect Miquel Utrillo i Morlius in a style identical to the adjacent buildings.
Sitges boasts a large number of modernista architecture built mostly in the early 20th century. Naturally so as this was the time when such architecture was fashionable and became an expression of Catalan nationalism. The best examples (see attached photos) are located on Passeig de la Ribera (the corniche) and within l'Eixample district.
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